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NOTE: Of course, due to COVID, this list is outdated. With things being rescheduled and re-rescheduled, there is no point trying to keep it updated at this time. I’ll leave it here as a general guide to what happens in Palm Springs during more normal times. 


Palm Springs has many events that come around every year at the same time. Here is a list of most of them. Check the websites to confirm exact dates. 


Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 7-18, 2021 – A star-studded award gala kicks off a week of new film screenings and events. Directors and stars host many Q&A panels after the movies. 


Tour de Palm Springs

TBS- Early February 2021 – A charity bike ride with class and distance categories for every skill level. 

Art Palm Springs

February 11-15, 2021 – A weekend-long contemporary art show at the Palm Springs Convention center, with a VIP gala on Thursday night.

Modernism Week

February 11-21, 2021 – A celebration of Palm Springs rich mid-century architecture and all things “modern”. Featuring home tours, parties, and a great three hour city tour on a double decker bus. 

Riverside County Fair and Date Festival

TBS – mid-February 2021 – A large county fair with rides and food booths, with an emphasis on the local date harvest. If you’ve ever had a hankering to try deep fried foods on a stick, this is your chance!

Int'l Bear Convergence

TBS – late February 2021 – A four day event for gay bears and admirers, with pool parties, pop-up shops, and concerts.

McCormick's Collector Car Auction

TBS – late February 2021 – Held twice a year, in February and November, a weekend celebration of amazing cars. Take one home!

Greek Festival

TBS – late February 2021 – Weekend event in Palm Desert, with music, food, and dancing, 


BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament

March 9 – 22, 2020 – Acclaimed tennis tournament with celebrity sports figures in Indian Wells. The tournament is a Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour and is a Premier Mandatory event on the women’s tour. 

El Paseo Fashion Week

March 20-27, 2020 – A fashion show that highlights avant-garde designs and top designers from the fashion world. With exclusive trunk shows, runway events and parties. 

Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival

March 27-29, 2020 – Tasting event with more than 60 restaurants and 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries. Music, classes, and more. 


The Dinah

April 1-6, 2020 – Five-day weekend getaway and music festival catering to the lesbian community. Featuring pool parties, night entertainment, live concerts, comedy shows, and sports.

Indian Wells Arts Festival

April 3 – 5, 2020 – Jazz music, cocktails, and the works of over 200 artists. At the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. 

Opera in the Park

April 5, 2020 – A free Sunday event with some great up-and-coming opera singers. It’s often nice weather for a day in the park, but bring some shade or purchase a VIP ticket.

Coachella Music Festival

April 10-12 & April 17-19, 2020 – Huge two-weekend music and art festival in Indio, with events and parties in the area in between weekends. 


April 24-26, 2020 – Like Coachella Music Festival but with country acts, mainstream or relatively unknown ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country.

White Party

April 24-27, 2020 – Weekend-long gay dance party with multiple events, pool parties, and celebrity headliners.


Palm Springs Restaurant Week

May 29 – June 7, 2020 – Dozens of restaurants in the Coachella Valley participate with special 3 course pre-fixe menus. A great time to try out a new restaurant. 


Splash House

June 5-7, 2020 – Hosted by multiple hotels, poolside parties with DJ’s. 

ShortFest Film Festival

June 16-22, 2020 – International festival of short films with screenings, panels, and Q&A’s by the actors and directors.


Splash House

August 7-9 & 14-16, 2020 – Hosted by multiple hotels, poolside parties with DJ’s. 


Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours

October 10/11, 17/18 & 24/25, 2020 – Three weekends of open homes and studios in the hi-desert from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms. If you like the high desert area, this is a great chance to meet some locals and see some great (and not so great) art. 

Modernism Fall Preview

October 15-18,2020 – A scaled down version of the big February Modernism Week event. A good chance to do the bus tours and some home tours and parties without the crowd.


Palm Springs Gay Pride

November 6-8, 2020 – A celebration of the LGBT community featuring a free festival downtown with booths, food, and entertainment. Parade is Sunday down Palm Canyon. Everybody welcome. 

McCormick's Collector Car Auction

Late November 2020 – Held twice a year in February and November, a weekend celebration of amazing cars. Take one home!


Palm Springs Festival of Lights

December 5, 2020 – Fun and very popular Christmas parade through downtown Palm Springs. Some restaurants offer premium seating on their patios. 

International Tamale Festival

Early December 2020 – An outdoor festival in Indio celebrating tamales. From sweet to savory. Look for the booths with the longest lines to know which are best. 

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